CMT Music Awards Video of the Year Nominees to Be Announced Wednesday Morning

CMTThe six finalists for the CMT Music Awards Video of the Year award will be revealed Wednesday morning in an all-new, hour-long special at 7 a.m. ET on CMT. Fans will be able to vote for their Video of the Year all day long at CMT’s website and other mobile platforms to determine the big winner.

That night, the 2014 CMT Music Awards Red Carpet special starts at 7:00 ET, with exclusive interviews and a look at what the stars are wearing. Kip Moore is also giving a live performance during the Red Carpet special.

The 2014 CMT Music Awards air live from Nashville Wednesday night at 8 ET. Actress Kristen Bell hosts, and Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, and Little Big Town are among the stars on the performers lineup.

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Kip Moore Launching CMT On Tour 2014: Up in Smoke September 25 in New York City

MCA NashvilleKip Moore well head out on his first-ever headlining tour this fall. CMT On Tour 2014: Up in Smoke launches September 25 in New York City, with Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt in the supporting slots.

Kip says, “To be teaming up with CMT for a tour is a really exciting moment in my career.  We’ll definitely be playing lots of songs from the new album out on the road so it will be fun to test those out and see what the fans think.”

Kip performs his latest single, “Dirt Road,” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday night. Look for him on the CMT Music Awards Red Carpet pre-show Wednesday night as well.

Here are Kip’s CMT On Tour dates:

9/25 — New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre
9/26 — Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
10/2 — Rockford, IL, Coronado Theatre
10/3 — Cedar Rapids, IA, Paramount Theatre
10/4 — Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
10/16 — Chattanooge, TN, Tivoli Theatre
10/23 — Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
10/24 – Helotes, TX, Floores Country Store
11/7 — North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
11/8 — Orlando, FL, House of Blues
11/14 — Athens, GA, Classic Center Theater
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
11/21 — Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre Boston

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Kenny Chesney Teases New Single, “American Kids,” with Psychedelic Trailer

Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney has released a teaser trailer for his brand-new single, “American Kids.” The clip features Kenny with a bunch of hippies in the desert dancing around a psychedelic-looking school bus. Kenny sings the lyrics, “Little messed up, but we’re all all right” at the end of the video.

“American Kids” hits the airwaves June 20. Last week, Kenny tweeted the date 9/30/14, which likely signals his new album should be coming out on that date. We’ll keep you posted with any further details.

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Brad Paisley Takes Selfie with Westboro Baptist Protesters Picketing His Concert

Sony Music NashvilleBrad Paisley had a little fun with protesters from Westboro Baptist Church outside the venue of his Sunday night concert in Kansas City, MO. Before the show, Brad took a selfie with the church members holding signs that said, “God hates drunks” and “Sin breeds violence.” In another photo, the churchgoers actually smile for the camera as Brad takes the picture. He captioned the photo with “Westboro Baptist Selfie!! Or west-Burro(ass) selfie. Hopefully they can hear the show out here. We’ll play loud.”

Brad will crank up his guitar for the fans at CMA Music Festival this weekend in Nashville. He’s set to perform at LP Field Sunday night.

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Eli Young Band Members Help Each Other Carry the Weight of Country Stardom

Republic NashvilleOne of the perks of being in a band versus being a solo artist is the ability to divide up the workload among all the band members. Eli Young Band frontman Mike Eli learned to delegate some of the band’s big business tasks — like keeping up with the money — to band mate Jon Jones early on in their career.

He says, “At the time I was managing us, booking us, and the deposits weren’t always correct ’cause maybe I wasn’t getting enough sleep. So, Jon kinda came in and started helping me with that.”

Now that Eli Young Band is one of country’s top bands, they have managers, accountants and record label staff helping them keep everything straight. Still, their hectic schedule of playing shows, recording albums, writing songs, shooting videos and giving interviews can still be overwhelming. That’s why drummer Chris Thompson is thankful they have each other to take up the slack when one of them is falling behind.

Says Chris, “The really great thing is when one of us is really off and not having a good day or whatever, there’s three other people to kind of pick it up and to figure out where — to kind of fill in that space that needs to be filled in.”

Eli Young Band kicks off their CMA Music Festival week Monday night with a performance at Darius Rucker‘s Darius and Friends benefit concert at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Thompson Square, David Nail, Kenny Rogers and Clint Black are also on the bill. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Kristen Bell‘s co-host at the 2013 CMT Music Awards? ANSWER: Jason Aldean.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTerri Clark‘s new album, Some Songs, will be released September 2 featuring five tracks co-written by Terri herself.

Josh Turner has renewed his partnership with work wear company Ariat for his recently launched Roughstock and Rambler tour.

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Dierks Bentley Comes Clean About Getting “Drunk on a Plane” with His Band

Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has plenty of experience living out the title of his latest single, “Drunk on a Plane.” Though he’s sure to stay sober while piloting his own plane to and from concerts, Dierks and his band and crew have been known to imbibe while flying the friendly skies.

“I’m pretty proud of the fact that my band, just my band alone, and the crew had some help too. We have drunk a Southwest plane completely dry of alcohol,” Dierks says. “I mean, just, halfway into the flight, you know, it’s just like, ‘We have no more booze thanks to you guys. Your band has completely decimated our supply.’”

Dierks recruited several band members to play some of the rowdy passengers in his “Drunk on a Plane” video. They’ll perform it at the CMA Music Festival at LP Field Thursday night in Nashville.

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Taylor Swift: My Next Album Is “Already My Favorite Thing That I’ve Ever Created”

ABC/Chris HolloTaylor Swift has raised the expectations for her next album quite a bit. She recently met with reporters in Shanghai, China, during her ongoing Asian leg of her RED tour, and addressed the project.

Taylor noted that with her RED tour soon coming to an end, she can focus more on the album. She added, “I’ve already been working very hard on it and it’s already my favorite thing that I’ve ever created.”

Chances are strong that she’ll continue to write songs that draw from her personal experiences — something she said she’s done since she was a pre-teen. She has a good reason for doing so. She told reporters, “I think I really just love the unity that it brings me and the audience because chances are they’ve felt exactly the same way I felt when I wrote the song and I think it kind of reminds everyone — and it reminds me — that the human experience isn’t so lonely. It doesn’t have to be so lonely.”

The RED tour is scheduled to conclude in Singapore on June 12.

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Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood Goes for the Whiskey When Playing “Bartender”

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s latest single may be titled “Bartender,” but you won’t find the group pouring themselves too many cold ones during their concerts.

Lady A’s Dave Haywood tells the Cincinnati Enquirer, “When we’re getting warmed up for the show we have a little bar area backstage. You got to make at least one drink to take the edge off.”

Dave and his band mate Charles Kelley usually indulge in some whiskey after the shows, though. When it comes to their favorite brands, Dave says, “Bulleit and Woodford are definitely the go-to’s.”

Lady A performs “Bartender” on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET.

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